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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tomato Basil Pasta with Tuna

Tomato and basil.  It's like the two were made for each other.  Add tomato to a pasta dish and you get a great meal.  Add basil to anything and it adds wonderful flavor.  Combine the two and it's like magic.  Heck, they are so good together you can slice a tomato, lay a piece of fresh basil on it and go to town.  Perfection!  Everyone, I'm sure, has a simple recipe for a pasta dish with just tomatoes and basil, so this is nothing new or special.  It's just a great reminder that fresh and simple ideas are some of the best - you don't need to go all out each and every night to bring a fantastic meal to the dinner table.

Tomato Basil Pasta with Tuna
Created by Jenn's Food Journey
Printable Recipe 
10oz ziti pasta
2 Tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1/2 - 2 cups chopped tomatoes
3 Tablespoons red wine
1 5oz can albacore tuna, drained
10-12 fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

In a deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium low heat.  Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes and let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the wine and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.

Add the tuna to the pasta and toss.  Pour the tomato mixture over and toss to coat, adding a little more oil if the pasta is too dry.   Tear or roughly chop the basil (you do not want to do this until just when you are ready to add it to the dish - it will discolor because of bruising when it's been cut or heated up) and toss into the pasta.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

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StephenC said...

I suppose it's still too early to get fresh summer tomatoes? Or not? We love a fresh tomato dressing like this and, who knew, I just made a big batch of tuna salad this morning for Peter's lunch.

Cranberry Morning said...

I won't even tell you how many cans of tuna I have in the pantry. Lots! (Because it was a really good deal and because it's a good source of protein). And this is the first recipe that really appeals to me. Thanks, Jenn.

Cranberry Morning said...

P.S. Wish my basil plant wasn't so stinkin' little! I used most of it on a pizza a couple nights ago. I've got lots more planted, but it will take time and I'm getting impatient!

Mary said...

This looks great, Jenn. It is a really nice family meal that even the little ones will enjoy. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Pam said...

Tomato and basil are meant to be together! Adding the tuna makes this pasta extra tasty.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Sounds wonderful! You know I've never had tuna with pasta - about time I think!
Mary x

Pam said...

Simple is good and this sounds delicious. I just made a similar pasta salad with tuna!

Yenta Mary said...

A perfect light, flavorful summer dish ... :)

Lea Ann said...

Very timely, I have a very healthy basil plant that needs to find itself in some pasta.

Chris said...

Did you know that you can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish?